Sapphire 7970 Vapor-x fan trouble/overheating!

I've just noticed that my graphics card has a fan that's not spinning correctly. It's slow, and when I try to spin it with my hand it stops very quickly, unlike the fan next to it, which spins nicely.
I've noticed that while playing the new BF4, the temps went up to 95°C! I started to get worried and discovered the problem. I hope no damage has been done on the GPU because of the overheating.

I tried setting the fan speeds higher with MSI afterburner, but as I've discovered, it's a mechanical problem, nothing that software can fix. Is there a way I can take the fan off and apply some oil to it or something? Or should I take it back and wait weeks before it comes back(I've ordered it in another country)? :/
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  1. Rather than taking the whole card back have you tried contacting Sapphire to see if they will send or sell you a replacement fan?
  2. AdioKIP said:
    Rather than taking the whole card back have you tried contacting Sapphire to see if they will send or sell you a replacement fan?


    I haven't done that yet, as I've only discovered the problem minutes ago. Though the problem with that would be, that I have no clue how to replace/take off the current fan. If I knew that, I could try to oil up the current one and see if that works. The card still has warranty, and I'm a bit concerned if removing the fan may void it.
  3. I've sent a mail to Sapphire about the problem. I still need some advice on replacing the fan, if they send me a new one. Any bit of information helps
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